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Studies on the Women of the Bible
Davis W. Huckabee
EVE—THE MOTHER OF ALL LIVING
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living,” (Gen. 3:20). This is the first of only four references by name to Eve in Scripture, nor are there many other references to her in Scripture in other ways. Yet she was and is a most important personage, although many people thoroughly misunderstand her role in original sin, and many are quick to attribute all the evil in the world to her instrumen¬tality. But this idea is almost wholly the result of masculine pride, as we will see. This title seems almost contradictory of the facts, for death had been threatened for the eating of the forbidden fruit, (Gen. 2:16-17), which she had been deceived into partaking of by the serpent, (Gen. 3: 1 ff). But now, instead of being known as the Dead One, she is known as the mother of all the living. This will be resolved later.
The word signifies either living or, the giver or preserver of life. Though for her sin justly sentenced to a present death, yet by God’s infinite mercy, and by virtue of the promised Seed, she was both continued in life herself, and was made the mother of all living men and women that should be after her upon the earth; who though in and with their mother they were condemned to speedy death, yet shall be brought forth into the state and land of the living, and into the hopes of a blessed and eternal life by the Redeemer, whose mother or progenitor she was.—Matthew Poole, Commentary on the Holy Bible, in loco.
As the marginal reading shows, “Eve” translates the Hebrew Chavah from the common Hebrew word chai, to live. For as Adam was the natural head of all mankind, so Eve is the natural mother of all mankind, for from this original pair has come all of mankind that has ever been born since then. This is contrary to the modern theory of evolution, which is, and always has been since its conception, an endeavor to get rid of the problem of God. For God is a tremendous problem to every unconverted person. And they will all generally grasp at any straw, however frail or false or foolish to keep from having to acknowledge that God exists and that they must one day stand before Him and be judged by Him for all their rebellious actions. This is the whole basis of the theory of evolution, for there are no real facts to substantiate it.
However it must be recognized that in their sins there was a radical difference between Adam and Eve. Eve sinned only as an individual, and her sin affected no one but herself, while Adam sinned as the representative and natural head of the whole race, his sin making sinners of all his descendents to the end of time. ‘Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” (Rom. 5:12). God had made a covenant with Adam that had to do with all his descendents, and he violated this covenant, as is declared in Hosea 6:7. ‘But they like men (Hebrew Adam) have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.” This same truth was spoken in Job 31:33. Here is the only explanation for the curse that befalls every son of Adam in due time.
The Divine record of the Fall is the only possible explanation of the present condition of the human race. It alone accounts for the presence of evil in a world made by a beneficent and perfect Creator. It affords the only adequate explanation for the universality of sin. Why is it that the king’s son in the palace, and the saint’s daughter in the cottage, in spite of every safeguard which human love and watchfulness can devise, manifest from their earliest days an unmistakable bias toward evil and tendency to sin? Why is that sin is universal, that there is no empire, no nation, no family free from this awful disease? Reject the Divine explanation and no satisfactory answer is possible to these questions. Accept it, and we see that sin is universal because all share a common ancestry, all spring from a common stock, “In Adam all die.” The Divine record of the Fall alone explains the mystery of death. Man possesses an imperishable soul, why then should he die? He had breathed into him the breath of the Eternal One, why then should he not live on in this world forever? Reject the Divine explanation and we face an insoluble enigma. Accept it, receive the fact that, “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12), and we have an explanation which meets all the facts of the case.—A. W. Pink, Gleanings In Genesis, p. 35.
This was the old covenant of works that said, in essence, Behave and you will be blessed, but disobey and you will be under the curse of the broken Law, as in Galatians 3:10. Now no one ever has or ever will keep this covenant so as to be entitled to enter into heaven. Our Lord Himself made this certain when He said in Matthew 19:17 that God alone is good. So, as Scripture says in Proverbs 28:26, he is a fool that trusts in his own heart, for thereby he makes an idol out of his own supposed self-sufficiency. But Eve had no part in this covenant except as any other natural person has because she was taken out of Adam just as every one of us has descended from him. Nor can she be blamed for leading Adam to sin, for as Scripture so clearly shows, he was not deceived by Eve or by Satan, but rather treacherously violated the covenant in full knowledge of all the fearful consequences as he chose sinful Eve to his holy Creator.
Eve was as much a descendent of Adam as you are. In other words the man, when created, was the whole race in potentiality, and every other human being, including Eve, was derived from him. A very important doctrine will be seen to be dependent upon this when we come to the next chapter, when we come to the fall of man. If Eve was a descendent of Adam, race responsibility did not rest upon her. Her sin might bring death to her, but only to herself, but Adam’s sin would bring it to all to be derived from him. —B. H. Carroll, An Interpretation of the English Bible, Vol. I, p. 84.
I. CONSIDER EVE’S CREATION.
This is detailed to us in Genesis 2:18-22. “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man?
It has been suggested that some of the reasons for God bringing all of the animals of the lower creation before Adam was so that he could see that every other genus of beings had mates whereby they could perpetuate themselves by natural generation, but Adam had none. And also in the parade of all of the lower creation he would see that there was none that would be a proper help that corresponded to him. His giving of fitting names to each of them shows that he was a being of high intelli¬gence, and not some sub-human beast as evolutionists like to characterize early man. His very order as God’s second highest creation made necessary the creation of a fitting mate for him in order for the ordained purpose of God for man to be fulfilled. Had Adam been mated to any other genus of beings it would have produced a hybrid which is almost always sterile, and so, cannot reproduce itself beyond the first generation. No! In the very nature of the case, Adam needed a mate that corresponded to him—one “meet” for him, else there would have been no race of man.
Man, considered as a genus of being without regard to gender, is a social creature and only a very rare few, and some of these persons of disturbed personalities, can stand to live a totally solitary life. God knew this, and for this reason created Eve. And most people desperately need that form of society that is found only in family units. This explains the ubiquity of marriage and the home. Ubiquity is defined as the state, fact, or capacity of being everywhere at the same time, and so we use this term in the sense that God has intended that marriage and home be the desired goal of the generality of people everywhere. Marriage, family and home was not just something that God ordained for Jews and Christians. It is that which is necessary for all people everywhere. And almost all nations have recognized this for every race and society has established laws governing marriage and the home. This was established in the infancy of the human race, as we read in Genesis 2:18, for it was ordained for man as a specific genus of beings, but for no other creatures.
This is also suggested in 1 Corinthians 7:2 and 1 Timothy 5:14. “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house.” And one of the manifestation of seducing spirits and demonistic doctrines in the latter times will be the forbidding of marriage, (1 Tim. 4:1-3). The six reasons for marriage that was suggested by MacArthur all enter the necessity of marriage in every age and nation.
However, in referring to the presence everywhere and always of marriage, home and the family, it is not meant that this is God’s will for every single person of the human race. On the contrary, there are frequent exceptions, but they are just that— exceptions to the general rule. The following Bible texts show that there are those to whom marriage does not apply, and who should not marry—(Matt. 19:10-12; 1 Cor. 7:7¬11, 27-29; 1 Tim. 5:9-12). The Apostle Paul was either a widower, or else had never married, and he felt no need to marry, but he recognized that it took a special gift from God to live the celibate life, and that most people do not have this gift. Anna the prophetess apparently also had this gift, (Luke 2:36-37), and it was recognized that often elderly widows have it, by their being inducted into the office mentioned in 1 Timothy 5:9ff. But we must never try to make the exceptions to be the rule.
The original commission given to the first human pair in Genesis 1:28 requires marriage, family and home to fulfill it, and the fact that it was given to the first pair before there was such a thing as a nation proves its general universality. It is also proven by the fact that every nation on the face of the earth recognizes the importance of marriage and protects it. Even pagan and atheistic nations are jealous for the continuance of the home and family Indeed, in some ways, atheistic Russia and China are more protective of marriage, home and the family than supposedly “Christian” nations like the United States of America, that have become very lax regarding divorce. Occasional experiments of trying to dispense with marriage in the last six thousand years have only proven, even to the most darkened of nations that it is an institution that is absolutely necessary to the welfare of the nation as well as to the individual. Many years ago the following anonymous writing about marriage came into the present author’s hands and he has sometimes incorporated it into marriage ceremonies.
Marriage is as old as the family of man. Our Creator Himself instituted it in the Garden of Eden. Moses made it the foundation of social order. Christ re-enforced it with more spiritual sanctions. The Apostles declared it to be honorable in all. Emanating thus from supreme authority, pre¬ceding all other social compacts and authorized and guarded in both dispensations by civil and divine law, marriage cannot undergo change or pass away, but must remain the same and unalterable—the foundation of domestic happiness, social welfare, and civil government to the end of time. Wherever dishonored, the care and education of child¬hood is neglected, jealousy, alienation and strife promoted, and society precipitated into anarchy and mutual antagonisms.
Ours is not the first generation that has prophesied the demise of marriage, family and home, for ungodly rationalists of two hundred years ago prophesied that marriage would be unknown in one hundred years. But there are more marriages today than ever before, but those that prophesied marriage’s demise are long since dead and forgotten and probably suffering in Hades. For it is significant that marriage is only repudiated by those that also repudiate God, or, at least, who live in open rebellion against Him and His laws. On the other hand, one will search through all the annals of man and never find a single person that gave evidence of being a genuine worshipper of God but who also believed in the institution of marriage, home and the family. Not all these were married, or had families, but none of them ever denied the institution itself.
If marriage, home and the family is not a Divine institution, but is only some sort of “artificial arrangement,” as some modern anarchists have characterized it, how do we explain the following facts? Though different nations and people, having widely differing concepts about government, language, religion, laws and many, many other things, yet are all agreed in the necessity of marriage, home and family.
All these things and others as well, are the result and outgrowth of God’s creation of the first woman to be for the lifelong good of the first man. God did not create woman on a whim or just to please Adam, but rather this has to do with the institution of marriage, and is all part of His great program for the benefit of mankind. This was intended to be a partnership, not a mere lordship and servitude, however many men, and sometimes women have tried to make it so for their own good and glory.
It cannot be repeated too often that in the creation we see strong evidence of the benevolence of God toward man. However, this was not merely a nice but unnecessary gesture on God’s part. No! As will be seen from Genesis 3, this would be the means, in centuries later, of the “Seed of the woman” coming to accomplish the overthrow of the “seed of the serpent.” This “Seed” would then become the one and only Redeemer of all of those that had been given by the Father to His Son to redeem, so that the creation of Eve was a means to this glorious end.
II. CONSIDER EVE’S CHARACTERISTICS.
Not a lot is said here in Genesis regarding this first woman’s personal appear¬ance, personality, intelligence, talents, etc. However, Inspiration tells us that at the end of God’s creative work, which included “Man...male and female,” (Gen. 1:27), “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good,” (Gen. 1:31). So it is obvious that there was no imperfection in either of them unless their capability of changing for the worse could be considered an imperfection, and this was all part of the permissive will of God that fulfilled the purposeful will of God.
Both Adam and Eve were phenomenal creatures that exceeded any other people of the past or present. And though jokes are sometimes made about Eve—that she was jealous and so, counted Adam’s ribs while he was asleep lest there be another woman, or that she constantly harped about having nothing to wear, and other such silliness, yet she was a woman above all other women. Earlier we made reference to the ideal woman—the one that excels in all directions—in Proverbs 31:10ff, but we do not doubt that Eve far surpassed all of these excellencies. This section is unusual in that it is an acrostic—each line beginning with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, though what the reason for this is, we do not know unless as suggested by Poole.
And here he lays down several characters or qualifications of an excellent wife, which are here delivered in alphabetical order, each verse beginning with a several and the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet; which method is used in some, and but in few places of Scripture, to oblige us to the more diligent consideration and careful remembrance of them, as things of more than ordinary importance. And such this matter is, partly because the good or bad education even of private families, which depends much upon the mother’s qualification, hath a mighty influence upon the welfare or misery of commonwealths; and partly because the right education of royal families is in itself a very public blessing, and therefore it is the interest and happiness of whole kingdoms that their kings should have virtuous and pious wives.—Matthew Poole, Commen¬tary On The Holy Bible, Vol II, p. 276.
In any case, can we visualize the first and most ideal woman of all time being lacking in any of these excellencies? She that was to be the “mother of all living,” and having a ministry of influencing the first several generations of the race of man, must be qualified above any other wife and mother that would ever live.
And as derived from Adam, she would consist of all the excellencies that made him the perfect human specimen that he was, for they both consisted of identically the same genetic make-up. The only difference in them was that in this creation God sculpted her as feminine as Adam was made masculine. Otherwise they were of the same make-up.
Unbelieving “scholars” have sometimes scoffed at Eve having been made out of a “rib,” as if that would not be adequate to make a complete person, and thereby they show that they are much more intent on being contentious than in learning from Scripture. The Hebrew word here (tsela) is nowhere else so rendered, but this word most commonly is rendered “side” so that doubtless this creation involved much more than just a single bone. And who knows how much extra body parts Adam was origin¬ally created with for the express intention of it becoming a second person. Nor is the God that created all things out of nothing limited as to what He can subsequently create as He uses some existing material.
Who today can even imagine what a beautiful, intelligent, companionable, sensual and otherwise desirable woman Eve was in her original creation. The human mind is simply not adequate to fathom the glory of God’s creation of either Adam or Eve. Never after would there ever be such a wonderful Divinely made companion for the representative head of the human race. No woman today can even approach in a single category her excellence in all categories.
Without a doubt Eve was probably the most nearly perfect woman the world has ever seen until she sinned. Like Adam, she was God’s perfect creation, and her beauty, perfection and other admirable qualities may have been what moved Adam to knowingly sin lest he should lose this unique woman. Inspiration has a commentary on this original sin in 1 Timothy 2:14. “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” He sinned eyes wide open in receiving the forbidden fruit at Eve’s hand, knowing the full, fearful consequences of it, while Eve was deceived as to the consequences. Adam knew that there was not another woman in existence, and that if he lost Eve he would be alone the rest of his life and this may have been his motivation for knowingly sinning in taking of the forbidden fruit. How many times down through history has Satan so deceived beautiful and desirable women as to cause them to lead men into rebellion against God even though the men knew better. What a warning this is to all women to not allow themselves to be so deceived as to be Satan’s instrument to lead men into sin.
She was not created, as things were, out of nothing, nor formed as Adam was, out of the dust of the earth, being in the same form as man. But made out of refined and quickened dust, or the flesh and bones of man, and so in her make and constitution fine and lovely. Or built, as the word signifies, which is used, because she is the foundation of the house or family, and the means of building it up. Or rather to denote the singular care and art used, and fit proportion observed in the make of her. —John Gill, Exposition of the Bible, Vol. I, pp. 16-17.
After all is said, it must be recognized that both Adam and Eve came directly from the hand of God, and so they both fall under the Scriptural statement that God “is the Rock, his work is perfect,” (Deut. 32:4). Any imperfections in either of them would have been subsequent to their creation, and would have been self-induced by their fallen condition. Nor can it be doubted that both the original pair retained most of their original perfection after their fall into sin, for while they were made sinners by their fall, this did not obliterate their characteristics as they came from the hand of God. And it is common even in our days to often find both men and women that have many and great personal characteristics even though they are not children of God. Remember! No one is saved by character, but always and only by the grace of God which is needed by both those that the world considers “good” as well as those that it considers “bad.”
III. CONSIDER EVE’S CORRUPTION.
As already observed from 1 Timothy 2:14 there was a radical difference in the first pair as to their knowledge of what was involved in Satan’s temptation, and in its results to each of them. Satan chose to approach Adam through Eve, for he recognized that she was the “weaker vessel,” which is no reflection upon her, but is only the Biblical diagnosis of her constitution, (1 Pet. 3:7). Eve had no first hand knowledge of their duty
in regard to the Tree of Life and, and she made the mistake of trying to reason out what was involved as she parlayed with Satan. She should have immediately deferred the matter to her husband to whom Genesis 2:15-17 was spoken when Satan first brought up the question as to why, as he implied, God was selfishly withholding this good.
Here, in the first temptation that mankind ever experienced, we see the danger in debating with the devil. He will always outthink and out reason man, for he is infin¬itely wiser than the wisest of men, as shown in Ezekiel 28:3. And not only so in his original constitution, but he has been around throughout all human history, and so has been accumulating more and more knowledge with every passing day.
Notice Eve’s response to the devil’s question in Genesis 3:1. She resorted to reason, and so, corrupted the original prohibition. “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” God had said nothing about touching the fruit, and the original warning had been that to eat of the fruit would result in one surely dying, not merely the possibility of death as Eve thought. Eve’s reasoning was, This fruit may just be toxic, and if so, it might cause death if one eats of it. Human reasoning is often wide astray from the facts.
Satan boldly denies the Word of God, for he inserted one of the smallest words in the Hebrew language, but it negated the whole warning “Ye shall NOT surely die.” And then to prove his point, he showed Eve that her assumption was erroneous. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food...” How did she see this? Satan probably took a big bite of the forbidden fruit and let the juice run down his chin as he smacked his lips and enjoyed the fruit. And Eve’s erroneous reasoning that the fruit was only forbidden because of its possible deleterious effects on the body convinced her that God was mistaken. We commonly see people reasoning to equally wrong ideas as they endeavor to justify sex outside of marriage. They reason, “Well, in ancient times there was the danger of unwanted pregnancies and disease, so it was forbidden. But now, with modern protection these dangers are greatly alleviated, and so, it is alright to have sex any time and under any circumstances.” But all of God’s prohibitions test the individual whether he will obey God’s Word whether he fully understands it or not. And the possible bad effects are mostly irrelevant to the matter. It is always sin to disobey God’s Word, and there is no justification for it, however reason may suggest otherwise. But Satan’s temptation that worked on Eve, still works today as reason is made to off-set God’s clear commandments.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat,” (Gen. 3:6). Here are the three most common forms of temptation as set forth in 1 John 2:15-¬17. The desires of the flesh: Eve “saw that the tree was good for food.” The desires of the eyes: “was pleasant to the eyes.” The pride of life: “to be desired to make one wise.” As it was with this original temptation, so it is with most temptations, that they involve one, two or all three of the appeals to human desires and pride.
It must be pointed out that, contrary to some men that want to put all of the blame on Eve for the woeful condition that we are all in because of original sin, Adam was not an innocent party here. He was much the guiltier, for as the serpent tempted Eve, Adam was “with her” during the whole temptation and could have, and should have intervened at any time and stopped the temptation before it became sin. As 1 Timothy 2:14 so clearly shows, Eve was deceived about what was involved, which modified her guilt, but Adam was not. He knew exactly what was involved and sinned in full knowledge of the direful consequences. In the curse that God pronounced on Adam, there is no place found to excuse him in any way or degree. His was a willful sin, and not only so, but he sinned as the representative head of all his descendents while Eve sinned only as an individual and as a descendent from Adam.
In succumbing to this temptation there was brought upon this first pair, and so upon all their descendents to the end of this age, all of the curses mentioned in Genesis 19 3:16-19. “)Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and has eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
After pronouncing judgment on the serpent, the woman, and Adam, the Lord made coats of skins, and clothed Adam and his wife (the woman) (God’s grace). No longer allowed to live in the garden, Adam and Eve began to feel the heartbreaking results of SIN. Adam’s body was now tired from working so hard, and it was the pain of childbirth that brought great sorrow into Eve’s life. One son murdered the other son. But in the midst of all of this turmoil, the Lord gave them hope, and therein lies our hope, the promise of a Savior, who would someday shed his blood. He spoke concerning “her seed” (Christ, also those of the Christian faith), of the opposition between the lost world and Christians, of Christ’s victory over Satan.—Wendy Gale Barkman, Women of the Bible: Compared And Contrasted, pp. 59-60.
Since then man has only been able to make a living from a reluctant earth by the stint of continual labor with many failures and discouragements. And women’s lot has been one of sorrow and submission to her husband with more frequent conceptions than was possible before the fall. The one light in all these forecast sorrows was that there was the promise of “the Seed of the woman,” (Gen. 3:15), and this was what stirred in them both a faith that the death threatened would not immediately claim them. In order to resolve the dilemma seemingly posed by the original pair now being dead, yet alive and her spoken of as “the mother of all the living” when as yet there were no other living humans, we must recall the teachings of Scripture. Here we are taught that people can be physically alive while yet being spiritually dead. Not only so, but Genesis 3:21 is a picture in symbol of God’s method of salvation. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
This verse gives us a typical picture of a sinner’s salvation. It was the first Gospel sermon, preached by God Himself, not in words but in symbol and action. It was a setting forth of the way by which a sinful creature could return unto and approach his holy Creator. It was the initial declaration of the fundamental fact that “without shedding of blood is no remission.” It was a blessed illustration of substitution—the innocent dying in the stead of the guilty. —A. W. Pink, Gleanings In Genesis, p. 44.
Thus, there seems every reason to believe that the threatened death for their transgression of the original Law of Genesis 2:16-17 was here set aside for Adam and Eve and that they were saved by grace as they believed God’s promise of the coming Redeemer. They had already tried to remedy their own nakedness by their own works, (v. 7), and had found that human ability is not sufficient to make an acceptable righteous¬ness in the sight of God. God gave them the insight to see their need of His grace. Not only so, but how could God’s great eternal purpose of grace, (Eph. 3:8-11, Cf. Eph. 1:3¬6), be accomplished if He let man’s willful rebellion frustrate it in the very beginning? Long before the first atom of creation was flung into place, God had already taken into consideration all possibilities and contingencies and had made full provision for them.
The ground of this faith and persuasion of his, that he and his wife should not die immediately for the offence they had committed, but should live and propagate their species; as well as be partakers of spiritual and eternal life, was the hint that had been just given, that there would be a seed spring from them not only a numerous offspring, but a particular eminent person that should be the ruin of the devil and his kingdom, and the Savior of them; and so Eve would be not only the mother of all men living in succeeding generations, but particularly or however one descending from her, would be the mother of him that should bring life and immortality to light, or be the author of all life, natural, spiritual, and eternal; and who is called zoae, the life [John 14:6—DWH], which is the same word by which the Greek version renders Eve in the preceding clause. —John Gill, Exposition On The Bible, Vol I, p. 23.
There is certainly a great deal more revealed here than is to be found in just the words of the English text, for later Scriptures, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament add to our knowledge of what is set forth here. There are numerous texts that speak of a special “seed” where the word in the original inspired text is singular, not plural, and these are clearly shown in Galatians 3:16 to be references to Christ —the “Seed of the woman” as well as the “seed of Abraham.” “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ”
The Book of Job is thought by many to be the oldest Book of the Bible. Yet here we find a man acknowledged by God Himself to be the most godly of his day, and he gives a clear and unquestioned testimony to his belief in a Coming Redeemer that would stand upon the earth in the latter Day. Yea, and there were numerous others that manifested a like faith in this promised “Seed of the woman,” an advance sometimes being made about this One so that He would also be recognized as “the Seed of Abraham,” and the “Seed of David.” And the blessed results of this “Seed” is shown in Acts 3:25-26: “Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”
From eternity past God has been dealing in grace with His creation, and there has now been fully manifested the outworking of that grace throughout all time so that all those that the Father gave to Christ to redeem have received the fullness of that grace, (John 1:16). We may not realize it, may not claim it, may live like spiritual paupers, but that is not God’s fault. The “Seed of the woman” has fully wrought His work and the victory is given to every one of the elect.
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